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David WALLACE

(1799-1859)

WALLACE, David, a Representative from Indiana; born near Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pa., April 24, 1799; moved with his parents to Brookville, Ind., in 1817; was graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1821, and was appointed assistant professor of mathematics in that institution, resigning in 1822; returned to Brookville, Ind.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1824 and practiced; member of the State house of representatives 1828-1830; moved to Covington, Ind., in 1830 and continued the practice of law; Lieutenant Governor of Indiana 1831-1837; Governor 1837-1840; settled in Indianapolis and continued the practice of law; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Twenty-eighth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Indianapolis; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850; judge of the court of common pleas of Marion County from 1856 until his death in Indianapolis, Ind., September 4, 1859; interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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